Bill to Rename Boardwalk Hall after Late Senator Reaches Christie's Desk

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A new bill that would rename Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall in honor of a beloved senator has made it to Governor Chris Christie's desk.

On Monday, January 8th, Senate President Steve Sweeney announced that the State Assembly has approved legislation that would dedicate Boardwalk Hall in honor of Senator Jim Whelan, who passed away at the age of 68 in August 2017.

The new bill would rename the iconic and historic 91-year-old arena — once called Convention Hall before it was renamed Boardwalk Hall— as the Senator Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

Whelan, a former mayor of Atlantic City, was known for being a friend and giving a helping hand to many in South Jersey, dedicating more than three decades to fighting to protect the area, especially Atlantic City.

The bill now waits for Christie to give his final approval.

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